Minor League Report.

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Jace Peterson was claimed off of waivers by the Orioles.

AAA: SWB (9-9) lost 3-2. 2 hits, SS Tyler Wade. 2 Hits and an RBI each for  CF Shane Robinson and C Kyle Higashioka. I gotta check Ryan Bollinger out. Never before low A ball and hasn’t pitched in U.S. pro ball (minors) since 2013. 27, LHP.

Bollinger 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1.80 gave up 1 HR.
Harvey (BS, 1; L, 0-1, 18.00) 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 W 1 K. 2.79
Coshow 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

AA: Trenton (11-7) won 1-0. LF Gosuke Katoh, 2 hits.

Keller (W, 1-2, 5.06) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Ort (H, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.00
Harris (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Foley (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00

High A: Tampa (10-9) won 4-3. Adam Lind, DH, 3 for 3, Double, walk, RBI.
LF Alexander Palma 2-run HR.

Stephan 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. 1.66. Gave up 1 HR.
Lane 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.53
Morris (W, 1-1, 11.57) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Sosebee (S, 4) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.93

Low A: Charleston swept a DH.

Game 1: Won 7-5. SS Wilkerman Garcia 3 hits, triple, HR, 2 RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, 2 rbi. C Jason Lopez 2 hits, rbi.  CF Ricardo Ferreira, triple, 2 RBI.

Garcia 5 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 1 W, 2 K. 6.32
Martin (W, 1-0, 0.00) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Game 2, makeup of 4/23 postponement. Charleston (9-10) won 2-1.   RF Steven Sensley 2 hits.

Nelson  (w, 1-1, 5.09) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K.
A. Severino (H,1) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00
Wivinis (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

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Game 22. Yanks make 4 errors, but 4 HR lead to 4th straight win, 8-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First off, the Yanks need to improve the defense. 4 errors, unacceptable.

But they did hit 4 HR tonight, 2 by Gary Sanchez, and as a result, won their fourth straight game, 8-3, to go to 13-9 on the season.

CC gave up an unearned run in the top of the first because Aaron Judge made an error in RF.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the second when Gary Sanchez hit his first of two HR for the game.

With one out in the third, Gardner walked, Judge doubled and Didi singled in a run. They had a chance for more but nada.

Didi entered the game with 24 RBI, leading the majors, and he got 3 more tonight.

To the fourth. With one out, Walker struck out but reached first on a WP. Andujar reached on an error, moving up Walker. Gleyber Torres singled for his first MLB RBI, 3-1.

To the fifth, and Didi Gregorius hits a 2-run HR (8) to make it 5-1 and give Didi 27 RBI in 22 games.

Dellin Betances gave up an unearned run (Torres error) in the top of the seventh to make it 5-2.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Judge leads off the inning with a HR (7). Didi singles and after a forceout, Sanchez hits his 2nd HR of the night to make it 8-2.

The Twins got one in the eighth, but the Yanks win, 8-3.

Judge 3 hits, scored 2 runs, 1 RBI. Single, double and HR.
Didi 3 hits, RBI, HR.
Sanchez 2 HR, 3 RBI.
Gleyber Torres 2 hits, RBI.

CC (W, 1-0, 1.86) 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Betances 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 6.00
Robertson (H, 4) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.65
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.93
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 9.53

Interesting. Patrick Corbin, LHP, Doing great for Arizona so far, is from NY state and gushes about the Yanks. He is a free agent after the season.

Minor league report.

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AAA: SWB (9-8) won 9-0. C Erik Kratz 4 for 4, solo HR. CF Shane Robinson 2 hits, triple, RBI. DH Mike Ford, 3 hits, rbi.  RF Zach Zehner 3 RBI. 2 hits, solo HR 1B Ryan McBroom.  LF Cody Asche solo HR.

Rogers (W, 2-1, 3.00) 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 7 K. Interesting 23 yr. old LHP.
Espinal 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.48

AA:  Trenton (10-7) won 3-1. 2b Bruce Caldwell 2 RBI.

Swanson (W, 4-0, 0.87) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 11 K.
Frare 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  0.00

High A: Tampa (9-9) won 6-4. SS Hoy Jun Park double, 3 rbi. LF Alexander Palma 2 hits. C Francisco Diaz 2 hits.

Rosa (W, 2-1, 4.82) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 w, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Hodson (H, 1)  1/3 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.70
Frawley (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 0.00

Low A: Charleston (7-10) rained out.

Game 21. Lots of positives in Yanks’ 14-1 blowout win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This was a win that has a lot of positives to go with it. A 14-1 win that puts the Yanks at 12-9.

First and foremost, the Yanks need to get Masahiro Tanaka back on track (Sonny Gray, next).  Tanaka has been hot and cold, Good/Bad, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde lately. Kind of like A.J. Burnett a few years back where you don’t know what you are going to get. Tonight, Good. And he needs to be this consistent and this good.

Secondly, Giancarlo Stanton. 4 for 4. HR. Maybe this gets him going.

Third. Miguel Andujar is Wally Pipping Brandon Drury. HR, Double. In just over a week, Andujar has gone from .107 to .316. How could you put Drury back in if Andujar continues to do this?

Fourth. Gleyber Torres. 1st MLB hit.

Fifth. Didi. Grand Slam.

Sixth.  Two hits, 4 RBI for Tyler Austin, filling in excellently for Greg Bird.

Seventh. David Hale, just up from SWB, pitched two scoreless innings, saving the rest of the bullpen.

Like I mentioned, a LOT of good things going on tonight.

First inning. Gardner walks, and after two out, Stanton walks. 2-run double by Sanchez. RBI single by Hicks.

2nd inning. Andujar solo HR (3). In the whole of Yankees’ history, only three players 24 or younger have had seven consecutive games where they had an extra-base hit. Andujar, DiMaggio, Mantle. Nice company.

Tanaka gave up a run in the top of the fifth. 4-1.

Bottom of the fifth. Stanton hits a 435-ft. HR (5). 5-1.

To the seventh. Judge doubles, and with one out Stanton singles him home. 6-1. Hicks walks with two out. Austin doubles in two. 8-1.

To the eighth, and Gleyber Torres leads off the inning with his first MLB hit. Gardner and Judge both walk and Didi hits a grand slam (7) to make it 12-1. Stanton singles, and after two out, Austin homers (4) to make it 14-1, the final score.

Didi Gregorius. Grand Slam. 21 games in. 24 RBI, 7 HR.
Stanton 4 for 4. Scored 3 runs. Drove in 2. HR. Walked. Maybe this starts him up.
Sanchez 2 RBI
Austin 2 hits, HR, 4 RBI.
Andujar 2 hits, double, HR.
Torres first MLB hit.

Tanaka (W, 3-2, 5.28) 6 2/3  IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. The Tanaka we need.
Green 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.74
Hale 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00

Dave Nelson an INF, primarily 2B from 1968-1977 for Cleveland, Washington, Texas and KC, died at the age of 73. He was an All-Star in 1973. His 162 g. average was .244-4-42, OPS+ 81 and 37 SB.

UPDATE: After the game, the Yanks DFA’d Hale. They acquired A.J. Cole from the Nationals for $$$ considerations. Cole, 26, a big (6’5″) RHP, was 1-1, 13.06 in two starts and two relief appearances with Washington. For his career, 19 starts, 7 relief appearances, 5-8, 5.32, ERA+ 81. Not much to speak of, but maybe untapped potential?

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (8-8) won 7-3. C Kyle Higashioka solo HR. SS Abital Avelino 2 hits. 2 hits, double, HR, 3 RBI for 2B L.J. Mazzilli. 2 hits, RF Ryan McBroom, 2 hits and RBI 3B Billy Fleming.

Adams 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.82.
Oliver Perez (Bs, 1; W, 1-0, 3.60) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Lail (H, 1) 2 IP 0 R, 0 H, 1 w, 2 K. 0.93
Carroll 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.68

AA: Trenton (9-7) won 5-1. 2B Bruce Caldwell, HR, 2 RBI.

Vargas 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K. 0.00
Tarpley (W, 1-0, 4.70) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K
Foley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.25

Low A: Tampa (8-9) won 2-1. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, RBI.

Nick Green (W, 3-0, 0.53) 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Diehl  (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.38
Sosebee (S,3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.08

Low A: Charleston (7-10) lost 3-2. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits.

Whitlock 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.64
Trieglaff (BS, 1; L, 1-1, 2.79) 1 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Game 20. Youth is served in Yanks’ 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the first time in ages, the Yankees fielded a lineup where the oldest player wasn’t 30 years old. The average age of the lineup today was just over 26.

Two of the stars of the Yanks’ 5-1 win over Toronto (which raised their record to 11-9) were under the age of 25.

Luis Severino (24) continues to show that he is becoming one of the best pitchers in baseball. A true ace. He finished 3rd in the CYA voting last year, and if he continues like this, could win it one year. 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H.

In early February, the speculation was whether the Yanks would actually go with a 23 year old rookie in Miguel Andujar at 3B and a 21 yr. old rookie in Gleyber Torres at 2B.

In the interim, the Yanks signed Neil Walker and traded for 25 yr. old Brandon Drury.

So what has happened? Walker has done nothing, and is a DFA candidate once Greg Bird can come back. Drury is on the DL with migraine issues. So who started at 2B and 3B today? Torres (MLB debut, 0 for 4, left 7 on base) and Andujar.

And Andujar, hitting .107 just a few days ago, is red-hot. 4 hits today raised his average to over .300.

Didi Gregorius got things going with a solo HR (6) in the bottom of the first off of ex-Yankee Jaime Garcia.

In the second, Sanchez walked, and after Austin struck out, Andujar doubled. Torres struck out in his first MLB at bat, but Romine doubled in two runs. Torres, playing on three hours sleep after his callup (travel to NY and adrenaline after the callup) had a rough day at the plate, but he needs some rest and relaxation.

Giancarlo Stanton made a couple of nice defensive plays in the fifth.

Severino made just one mistake, giving up a HR in the sixth to cut the Yanks lead to 3-1.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Sanchez doubled, Austin singled, and Andujar doubled in a run.

In the seventh, Hicks singled, stole second and moved to third on an error and scored on a SF by Didi.

Didi. 6 HR, 20 RBI and April isn’t over yet.

Didi HR, 2 RBI.
Andujar 4 for 4, RBI. From .107 to .308 in a flash.
Romine 2 RBI.

Severino (W, 4-1, 2.32) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.00

Before the game, the moves: Torres up, Wade down. David Hale (P) up, Jace Peterson DFA again.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (7-8) lost 6-5. Gleyber Torres was pulled from the game mid-game. He’s Bronx bound. Was 0 for 3 in the game, .347 for SWB so far this year.

CF Shane Robinson 3 hits, RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 rbi. 2 hits, SS Abiatal Avelino.

Koerner (L, 1-1, 6.75) 5 2/3 IP, 6 r, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Cortes 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 2 K. 0.00
Coshow 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

AA: Trenton (8-7) won 3-1. RF Jhalen Jackson, HR, 2 RBI.

Carter 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 3 W, 2 K. 8.38
Mesa (W, 2-0, 4.05) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 w, 3 K.
Reeves (H, 1), 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 w, 3 K. 2.25
Harvey (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.80

Low A: Tampa (7-9) lost 7-3.

King 5 IP, 1 R, 6 h, 4 w, 6 K. 2.12
Morris (BS, 1; L, 0-1; 12.46) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Lane 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.12
Kamplain 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.15

Low : Charleston (7-9) won 4-2. 2 hits, double, solo HR, SS Wilkerman Garcia.

Sears 4 IP, 0 R,  1H, 0 W, 5 K.  1.13
Ramos (W, 2-1, 5.84) 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K. gave up 1 HR.
Wivinis (S, 5), 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00